2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: Top 5 Leading wicket-takers in the competition
Host nation England came out on top in 2019 World Cup finals against New Zealand to lift their maiden trophy. Let’s take a look at the top five bowlers of the 2019 Cricket World Cup that produced dazzling performances with the ball in the competition.
Left-arm quick did not white-ball cricket for the past 18 months and have struggled with injuries throughout this period. When it came to the biggest stage of them all, Starc certainly delivered his best with the ball for Australia. He looked a complete package with new ball and delivered yorkers in the later stages of the innings.
Starc claimed 27 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 18.59. His most impressive performances came against England at Lords Cricket Ground. He certainly led from the front with the ball and delivered his best with the ball against Pakistan and England.
The most impressive thing about Starc’s performance was his economy rate of 5.43, which becomes more outstanding considering he bowled a major chunk of his overs in the later stages of the innings.
The 28-year old certainly made an impression with the ball for New Zealand throughout the World Cup. Ferguson bowled at express pace and used his variations to good effect. His economy rate was just 4.88 which means he did not concede a lot of runs with the new and old ball.
Lockie Ferguson was the second on the list of leading wicket-takers in the competition. He claimed 21 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 19.47. He delivered a special performance came against England in the finals of Cricket World Cup. The right-arm quick picked up key wickets of Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes to see New Zealand take the down to the wire.
Third, in the list features England’s new pace sensation Jofra Archer. The right-arm quick finished the competition with 20 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 23.05. Before brought into the national side one month before World Cup, Jofra proved to be masterstroke as he picked up wickets for England with the new-ball.
The 24-year old’s performance was scintillating to say the least as he picked up wickets at a strike rate of 30.2. His numbers are incredible considering the fact that they he had not played a lot of international cricket before this Cricket World Cup.
Fourth, in the list features Bangladesh left-arm quick, Mustafizur Rahman. The left-arm quick was Bangladesh standout bowler in the competition. The 23-year old claimed 20 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 24.20 with an outstanding strike rate of 21.6.
Mustafizur’s best bowling performance came against India as he picked up five wickets with the ball for Bangladesh. He also bowled impressive spells with the old ball and picked up wickets for the side in the later stages of the innings.
India’s Jaspreet Bumrah was a potent force with the new and old ball. He delivered excellent bowling performances for India throughout the competition. Bumrah finished with the competition with 19 scalps, fifth in the list for most wickets in 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The 25-yeard old claimed wickets at an average of 20.61 and strike rate of 28.0. His economy rate of 4.42 was the best among all the pace bowlers who participated in this year’s World Cup.